Tianjin - Day 4 (5/28/09)
Today was a very interesting day. It was Margo's birthday so we went out to one of the fancier restaurants we've been to so far, which was right next to the hotel. The food there was fantastic, especially the marinated beef; everything was cooked at your table on a coal fire pit which they brought out and placed in a receptacle on your table. The most amazing thing about it was that for how upscale the restaurant was it only cost us around what a fast food value meal would back in the states. They also played birthday music for a while in Chinese as well as English and the cake we had was unique but very good. Later on we went out to Ali Baba's with the Chinese students. I was astounded by the skill of some of the foosball players that were there. Hanging out with the Chinese students was one of my favorite parts of the trip so far. Most of them are pretty quiet except for Pas and Tracy, both of which were quite fun and at some points got pretty wild. Pas seemed to be a big fan of tapping his bottle on yours so that your beer would overflow (I don't know if it was a good idea for us to teach him that). The night had to be one of my favorite experiences thus far, being able to hang out with Chinese students our age and have a great time.